Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Ruth Bancroft Garden – Monochrome Madness Challenge

Most of you have been seeing my recent posts from Ruth Bancroft Garden.  Ahh…the lush green, the bright blooms….it was a feast for the eyes as I’ve been calling it.  The textures and patterns were really beautiful also, so I thought I’d take one of the images and use it for these week’s challenge.  I wish I could tell you what the name of this plant is, but unfortunately I didn’t have a map with me.  They did offer a map when I got there, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it without my glasses and that becomes a pain when taking pictures…on/off, on/off…no thanks, lol.

This plant did catch my eye because of the strong patterns and the little “hair-like” things that were all over it.  It was converted primarily with an infrared filter via Nik Color Efex and then I ran it through Nik SEP2.  It was okay in green and white, the original colors, but I liked it a lot better after the conversion.

You can see the entire challenge later today on Leanne Cole’s Blog.  Please do check it out as there are so many talented photographers there!





Glowing from Within

The other day when we were in Oakland, we stopped at Preservation Park on a whim.  My original desire was to take photos of the Victorian houses but the skies were all washed out behind the houses and it was sprinkling out, so I started looking around for other opportunities.  These flowers caught my eye because they looked like they were glowing from within.  The clouds provided a “soft box in the sky”.  I would’ve liked to have spent more time photographing them, but then the sprinkles were turning into rain.

If anyone knows what this plant is, I’d love to hear!